Frank McAvennie has criticised the behaviour of a number of Rangers supporters during their trip to Liverpool in the Champions League last week.
The Lowdown: Rangers fans cause damage
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were beaten 2-0 at Anfield in their European clash, in what was ultimately a disappointing performance overall.
Away from the football, the Gers’ travelling fans were in buoyant spirits before the game, although sadly, some went a step too far with their antics.
Several murals of Liverpool players and of Jurgen Klopp were damaged before the match, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, with Rangers supporters seen as the culprits.
The Latest: McAvennie lambasts behaviour
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie slammed the behaviour of the individuals who took part in the vandalism:
“It is disappointing. Is it believable? Yes. Did I think it would possibly happen? Yes. I am not going to blame the Rangers support because most of them are pretty good. But there is an element of it in there. They just cause bother.
“It is a football game, they should be so proud of their team. When they won the league they wrecked Glasgow, and that is them winning.
“I would have had someone on that [Klopp] mural because I would have thought something would happen. It happens a lot with Rangers and it does happen with Celtic but nowhere near as bad. It is a shame and it gives Scotland a bad name. We are better than that.”
The Verdict: There’s always some…
While Rangers fans are renowned for creating a fantastic atmosphere on away days, there is a point at which things can get carried away and this is certainly one of them.
Huge amounts of time, work and passion have gone into the murals in question, with one of Trent Alexander-Arnold particularly renowned, and these senseless acts must be stopped.
Of course, every fan base has a small minority of supporters who cross the line, and the hope is that both sets of fans behave themselves for the corresponding fixture at Ibrox on Wednesday evening, in what should be a thrilling spectacle.
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